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Chris Morrison

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Clyde & Co LLP


Chris is Head of Clyde & Co’s nationally recognised safety, health and environmental (SHE) regulatory team which comprises of corporate crime lawyers specialising in the defence of corporate entities subject to regulatory investigation and prosecution.

Chris is widely acclaimed as one of the UK's leading Health and Safety lawyers, recognised as a 'Leading Individual' (London & UK) within Legal 500.

Highly experienced in guiding Global and major UK businesses through incident related investigations and prosecutions, his expertise spans health & safety, corporate manslaughter, corporate homicide (Scotland), environmental crime, fire safety, food safety and coroners inquests.

Heading our 24/7 incident response team, Chris seeks to prevent matters becoming either a crisis or a drama by providing strategic, responsive and no-nonsense advice to protect client's immediate and long-term reputation and revenue. Having commenced his legal career in the 1990's as an orthodox crime lawyer, Chris has been specialising since 2001 in regulatory crime and continues to undertake interviews under caution, trial preparation, Coroners inquest and advocacy.

Retained by a significant number of household name clients in the retail, energy, infrastructure, FM and insurance sectors, he also provides 'upstream' compliance advice working closely with major client's SHE and legal departments. Chris is an accomplished Trainer and Speaker in the Health & Safety field working for external training providers as well as own clients.


  • R v Hugo Boss UK Ltd (2015) - 4 year old boy killed by falling 114kg mirror in a Hugo Boss store; s.3 HSWA prosecution*
  • R v Mitchells & Butler, McSweeny and Kaya (2015) - fatal food poisoning in Christmas dinner; Food Hygiene prosecution resulting in GBP 1.5 million fine and custodial sentences for 2 defendants*
  • R v S (2008) – fatal 100m fall from height of contractor; s.3 HSWA prosecution; GBP 17 Billion turnover company fined GBP 150k

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Morrison - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Health and safety

Clyde & Co LLP's 'genuinely excellent' practice is led by 'regulatory geniusChris Morrison in Manchester and includes Rod Hunt, who acts for clients in the energy, construction and manufacturing sectors; and legal director Mark Brookes. The department also saw substantial expansion in 2017 following the recruitment of multiple lawyers from Slater and Gordon including legal director Helen Simm, and was further bolstered by the recruitment of Jennette Newman and Jonathan Edwards from BLM in 2018. Recent highlights include representing Martin-Baker Aircraft Company in a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution relating to a fatal accident following the failure of a Red Arrows Pilots' ejection seat, acting for Realm Properties as manufacturer in an investigation relating to the death of a child after a queue barrier fell on its head, and acting for SR & RJ Brown in a corporate manslaughter prosecution regarding a fall from a work-at-height project in a working quarry. Airbus, Sports Direct, Axa and Aldi are also clients.

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London: Real estate


Within: Environment

Clyde & Co LLP  fields ‘outstanding lawyers who are both knowledgeable and hungry.’ David Leckie and Victor Rae-Reeves head up the London team, which regularly represents multinational corporates in Environment Agency investigations. Anna Willets is ‘an enormous asset with a top scientific background in the area, and an understanding of technical issues well exceeding that of many solicitors in the field’. Environment litigation specialist Chris Morrison is ‘a heavyweight, well-known in the profession for his ability to get excellent results for his clients.’ Roger Cartwright and Mark Brooks are also recommended for their ‘tenacity and focus on their cases.’ Other clients include Aviva, AXA, and NFU Mutual Assurance.

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North West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Morrison - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Health and safety

Clyde & Co LLP   is a ‘major player in the North West’. Department head Chris Morrison  is ‘possessed of excellent judgement and works like a Trojan’. Mark Brookes  is a ‘phenomenal lawyer, incredibly hardworking and with great nous’. Rod Hunt  is ‘well regarded’ and Helen Simm  joined the team as a legal director from Slater and Gordon . Highlights included representing a leading ejection seat manufacturing company in relation to a HSE prosecution arising out of a fatal accident involving a Red Arrows pilot. Other key clients include Airbus, Mitie Group, NFU Mutual, RBS/Natwest and RSA.

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North West: Real estate

Planning and environment

Within: Planning and environment

Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘specialist’ team is ‘outstanding’ across the full range of environmental matters; and the team is regularly instructed on environmental issues in relation to corporate and property transactions, emission trading schemes, renewable energy, climate change, contaminated land, nature and habitat conservation, oil spills, rig fires and explosions, environmental crime, planning and licencing, asbestos, air pollution, environmental taxes, and waste management. Rod Hunt, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable’, and Chris Morrison, who is ‘able to mix client-care with attention to his cases’, head the department. Jason Bleasdale is experienced in environmental issues related to the insurance sector. Legal director Helen Simm, who is an ‘experienced litigator’ recently joined from Slater and Gordon, as did senior associate Anna Willetts, who has ‘a very deep knowledge of environmental regulation’.

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